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Chula Vista police dept. receives grant for traffic enforcement, crash prevention

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The Chula Vista Police Department has been awarded a $224,123 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts.

While traffic deaths from all causes declined by nearly 39 percent between 2006 and 2010 in California, state and federal officials anticipate that figures will show a slight rise in 2011. DUI deaths remain the largest sector, at nearly 30 percent of traffic fatalities. Recent trends show increases in two new categories -- distracted driving and drug-impaired driving.

In the past month, Chula Vista has had four fatality collisions and two serious injury collisions from pedestrian, red light and speed violations and driver’s choosing to drive under the influence.

The grant will fund a range of activities to reduce these deaths and injuries, including: specialized DUI and drugged driving training, DUI saturation patrols, distracted driving enforcement, seat belt and child safety enforcement, warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders, court sting operations to cite individuals driving with a suspended or revoked license for drunk driving, and stakeout operations to observe repeat DUI offender probationers with suspended or revoked licenses.

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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